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From Sliema: Cruise Around Malta's Harbours & Creeks

1. From Sliema: Cruise Around Malta's Harbours & Creeks

This 90-minute scenic cruise is the perfect introduction to the city of Valletta, the capital city of Malta, and its surroundings. Enjoy a scenic cruise around the two natural harbours of Malta, the majestic Valletta Grand Harbour and the Marsamxett Harbour. Set sail from Sliema Ferries and take in the views of some of Malta's most iconic landmarks. Relax as you cruise by impressive harbours, historic fortifications, various creeks, the renowned 'Three Fortified Cities' of Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea, busy dockyards, marinas, bastions, and much more. Listen to the audio commentary to uncover the history of Valletta and its surrounding locations. Thanks to the numerous creeks around Valletta, you can enjoy unique views of the city without the heavy crowds. The duration of this cruise is approximately 90 minutes.

Malta: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

2. Malta: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Birgu (Vittoriosa), and Senglea. The oldest of the Three Cities is Vittoriosa, which has existed since prior to the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of the Knights of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. During this half day tour, you will have the opportunity to appreciate these unique historical fortified cities and admire magnificent churches, traditional piazzas, incredible fortifications, and architectural treasures found all around the Three Cities area. Pieces of living history kept alive by hundreds of years of preservation! We start with a panoramic drive past the city of Cospicua, a double fortified harbour city and the largest of the three cities, to reach the city of Vittoriosa, this glorious city has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, but the current city dates back from the time of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. Vittoriosa was chosen as the capital city of Malta instead of Mdina upon the arrival of the Order in the year 1530. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the narrow streets of the city admiring and appreciating all the historical buildings and captivating treasures found at every twist and turn. Upon arrival at the stunning Vittoriosa waterfront, board a traditional Maltese “Frejgatina” (a small, carvel-built fishing boat) for a delightful tour of the colourful harbour creeks. The tour ends at Senglea, named after Claude De La Sengle, the Grand Master who founded the city, Senglea is also known as “Civitas Invicta” a name given to the city for managing to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of 1565. The island on which Senglea lies was joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, it became peninsular in shape. From the Gardjola Gardens located at the tip of the peninsula enjoy a stunning 360° view of the Grand Harbour, including the impressive Fort Sant Angelo, from where the Grand Master Jean Perisot De La Valette led the defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565. During the whole tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

Malta: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

3. Malta: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. North Route Stops:• Bugibba (Topaz Hotel / Gillieru Hotel)• Bugibba Jetty (Seatrips Outlet) • Bugibba Centre (Opposite HSBC) • Bugibba (Santana Hotel)• Malta National Aquarium• Qawra Palace Hotel• Qawra Seafront• Bellavista Hotel, Qawra • Mediterraneo Marine Park• ITS Roundabout (Radisson & Corinthia Hotels) • St George's Bay, St Julians (City Sightseeing Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians• Hilton Roundabout, St Julians• Spinola Bay, St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church) • Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel) • Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage & Stop For Harbour Cruise) • Opposite Bayview Hotel (CitySightseeing Outlet) • Valletta - City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For South Route) • San Anton Gardens • Ta Qali - Aviation Museum• Mosta Church • Mdina Main Gate • Rabat - Domus Romana • Golden Bay South Route Stops: • ITS Roundabout • St Georges Bay, St Julians (CSS Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians • Hilton, St Julians• Spinola Bay,St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church)• Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel)• Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage and Stop For Harbour Cruise) Opposite Bayview Hotel • Valletta City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route) • Tarxien Temples• Vittoriosa Waterfront • Marsaxlokk - Fishing Village • Pretty Bay (Birzebbugia)• Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples and Mnajdra Temples  • Valletta City Center• Valletta - Malta Experience, Knights Hospital War Museum, and Fort St Elmo• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route)

From Sliema: Valletta and the Three Cities Scenic Cruise

4. From Sliema: Valletta and the Three Cities Scenic Cruise

Cruise on-board our eco-friendly, fully air-conditioned, state-of-the-art, 20-metre Catamaran. Join us on our Traditional Harbour Cruise to relive Malta's gallant history, cruising around the two natural harbours on either side of our capital city of Valletta; the Marsamxett Harbour and the imposing Grand Harbour, where you will experience the past and view the magnificent forts, battlements and creeks situated around Valletta and the Three Cities. A detailed live commentary in English and German will unfold the history connected with the two Great Sieges of 1565 and 1942, as well as other places of interest which can only be admired from the sea. Free Wi-Fi and a cash bar offering snacks and drinks is available on board.

Mellieha: Popeye Village with Optional Private Transfers

5. Mellieha: Popeye Village with Optional Private Transfers

Visit one of the top tourist destinations the Maltese islands have to offer: an authentic original film set turned into a family-friendly theme park, which originally served as the film set for the 1980 Robin Williams movie "Popeye". Offering a variety of vibrantly enjoyable activities for people of all ages and being open all year round, we guarantee an enjoyable visit for all our guests. The village also has unique themed seasonal events throughout the year; these activities and adornments are often held around Christmas, Carnival, Easter, and Halloween. Take advantage of the convenience of roundtrip transfers with pick-up from your accommodation (transfers are optional, only if the transport option is selected). We guarantee that you will have a full day of enjoyment, laughter, and fun, whether you are traveling alone, with friends, or with your family. Roam around the whole village and appreciate the 40+-year-old structure still in its original glory. Visit Popeye’s house and take pictures in the sailor’s nook. Make your way to the school, the firehouse, the dentist shop, and the baker, all of which are depicted clearly in the 1980 musical film Popeye. Meet Popeye, Olive Oyl, Captain Bluto, and all their friends during the very enjoyable and ever-so-amusing animation shows that are continuously going on in the village. Learn about the movie and the building of the film set in the very detailed 15-minute documentary showing continuously in the cinema, then make your way to Popeye’s comic museum to see all the memorabilia that has been collected throughout the years. Join a cast and experience what it's like to be a movie star for a day by appearing in a real movie. You and your pals will have a blast imitating the lifestyle of your Hollywood heroes while planning the scenes, practicing them, choosing costumes, and actually filming them. Visit the theater at the end of your stay to see the world premiere of your own movie. After the preview, you can buy copies of this epic thriller. Jump your way on our inflatables while bathing in the crystal-clear waters of Anchor Bay and relax at the Anchor Bay Lido during a very hot Maltese summer day. Make use of the sun beds, sun umbrellas, sun decks, floating bathing platforms, and splash pools (water activities are available only during the summer season).

The Best Traditional 2 Harbours Day Cruise of Malta

6. The Best Traditional 2 Harbours Day Cruise of Malta

Travel long Malta's Harbours in a traditional Maltese boat. See historical forts, battlements and creeks. Experience Malta's living past at busy dockyards and marinas. This cruise leaves from Sliema Ferries. You will go around the two natural harbours and their ten creeks. A detailed, live commentary will provide you with information about the history of Valletta and the Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa which date back to 1565. Learn about the role the three cities played in the seige of Malta during World War II. While onboard, you have access to a fully stocked bar to help you relax.

Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

7. Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

Enjoy an interesting and relaxing cruise through two natural harbors, the Marsamxett Harbour, and the famous Grand Harbour. Delight in the beauty of these harbors rich in history and traditional Maltese culture. On this tour, you will also visit ten of Malta's creeks. As you depart the Strand Sliema, you will cruise inside Sliema Creek, around Manoel Island to Lazzaretto Creek, better known as the Yacht Marina, round Ta'Xbiex to Msida & Pieta Creeks, cruising by the battlements and fortifications surrounding Valletta and Floriana to the Grand Harbour. Then, you will proceed to Menqa Creek, Marsa Creek, and the inner basin to see the Malta Ship Building Yard. You will continue on to the French Creek and the Dockyard Area, round the Three Cities Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa, and back to Sliema, cruising right inside 10 creeks.

Malta Discount Card up to 50% OFF all over Malta & Gozo

8. Malta Discount Card up to 50% OFF all over Malta & Gozo

Enjoy exclusive discounts of up to 50% all over Malta and Gozo. Make the most of your Malta experience by redeeming the card at various establishments. Enjoy 50% off entrance fees at renowned attractions and museums, including Hagar Qim Temples, Valletta museums, Ggantija Temples, Fort St Angelo, St Paul's Catacombs, Mediterraneo Marine Park, The Limestone heritage park and gardens, Malta 5D, Playmobile FunPark, The Mdina Experience and The Malta Experience among others. Embark on fascinating tours with a 30% discount, such as the Malta Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours, Vintage Bus Tour to Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea, and the Gozo Tour. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Maltese islands. Take advantage of 35% off boat trips, including the Comino & Blue Lagoon Cruise, Round Malta Cruise, Gozo & Comino Blue Lagoon Cruise, and Traditional 2 Harbours Day Cruise, among others. Experience the crystal-clear waters and stunning coastlines. Dine out with a 50% or 25% discount on your food bill at restaurants, such as Ta'Kris Restaurant in Sliema ( Homemade style Maltese cuisine ), Cafe Carravagio ( Top Location in front of St John's Cathedral), Rusty Spoon Gastro Pub, Penny Black Bar, and Il-Logga Restaurant in Gozo, to name a few. Delight your taste buds without breaking the bank. In addition to these incredible discounts, the Malta Discount Card also offers savings on biking tours, jeep safaris, hiking tours, sea kayaking, boat and jetski rentals, and relaxing spa experiences. Your Malta Discount Card will be conveniently delivered to your hotel in Malta, ready for you to pick up at the reception. Experience the best of Malta and Gozo while enjoying significant savings with the Malta Discount Card. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your vacation and make lasting memories!

Malta Multi Pass

9. Malta Multi Pass

The Malta multi pass is an all-in-one multi-site and multi-day pass for 3, 4, 6 or 7 days offering you great savings on cruises, buses and entrances. All Malta multi passes include unlimited use of City Sightseeing Malta hop-on hop-off buses on the north (blue) and south (red) routes including multi-lingual audio guide, and Captain Morgan's Grand Harbour cruise. The 3 day leisure pass, the 4 day leisure plus pass and the 7 day premium pass include entrance to Malta 5D OR Malta Experience & Sacra Infermeria, the National Aquarium and Esplora Interactive Science Centre. The 6 day heritage pass and 7 day premium pass include entry to up to 20+ Heritage Malta sites, including the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta and UNESCO Hagar Qim Temples. The 4 day leisure plus pass and 7 day premium pass include 1 round trip on Captain Morgan's coastal cruise from Malta to Comino & Gozo. With the 4 day leisure plus pass and 7 day premium pass you can also purchase an OPTIONAL ADD ON for a 1 Day Gozo Heritage Pass which includes: - City Sightseeing Gozo hop-on hop-off route 1 (purple) & route 2 (blue) buses including multi-lingual audio guide - entrance to Heritage sites in Gozo including Ġgantija Temples, Ta' Kola Windmill, Gozo Archaeology Museum, Gozo Nature Museum, Gran Castello History House, The Old Prison and Cittadella Visitors' Centre The 7 day premium pass also includes entrance to the Mdina Cathedral and Museum. Heritage Malta sites entrances in Malta (please note some sites may be closed for refurbishment): Borg in-Nadur Temples Domus Romana Fort St. Angelo Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum Fortifications Interpretation Centre Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum Grand Master's Palace Armoury Grand Master's Palace State Rooms Hagar Qim Temples Inquisitor's Palace Malta Maritime Museum Mnajdra Temples MUZA Malta National Community Art Museum National Museum of Archaeology National Museum of Natural History St. Paul's Catacombs Skorba Temples Ta' Bistra Catacombs Ta' Hagrat Temples Tarxien Temples

Valletta: Tickets for Fort St Elmo, Fort St Angelo & more

10. Valletta: Tickets for Fort St Elmo, Fort St Angelo & more

Choose your preferred ticket and visit one of Valletta's popular museums. Or, choose the 5 Attraction Pass, and visit them all! Enter Fort St Elmo, originally built to defend against the Ottoman attacks. Today, it is home to a superb collection of prehistoric artefacts, and boasts incredible views of the harbour. Step inside the MUZA (National Community Art Museum), one of the city's more recent establishments, and discover four themes of special art; The Mediterranean, Europe, Empire and The Artist. Explore the early history of the Maltese Islands at the National Museum of Archaeology. Some notable artefacts homed here are the ‘Sleeping Lady’, ‘Venus of Malta’ and ‘Bronze Age Daggers’. Visit Malta’s most important fortress, Fort St Angelo, and learn how it was of significant importance during WWI and II. The fort further offers spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. All ticket options include entry to Malta 5D and a mobile-app sightseeing tour.

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We really enjoyed this. There weren't many people in February, we could sit on the top deck with great views, and the recorded commentary was clear and easy to hear. There was a live introduction and conclusion by a native speaker which was harder to make out. Fantastic views at every point, to see the fortifications from the water really makes you appreciate how massive the walls are. Be aware that the ferry from Valletta to Sliema only runs on the half hour (every 30 minutes), we didn't know this and almost missed our cruise.

We booked the 6 hour tour and had a wonderful time visiting some of Malta's most interesting sites. Our driver Vince was very friendly, helpful and always put our put our needs first. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he allowed to tailor our day as we wanted. He also gave us great insights into the old and new Malta. Highly recommended!

Am interesting insight in to the history of the 3 cities. We enjoyed the morning with Maria who was very knowledgeable

It wasn't crowded at this time of the year. The laudspeaker was ok. We learned a lot about the history of Malta.

Amazing and nice tour guides! :) You will get the best sunset views of Malta.